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Imagebitbit
May 27, 2011 11:54 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Here are a few things I've bookmarked and go back to regularly for gardening info and advice:

Growing herbs for the home gardener (table of herb growing requirements)
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/hil-8110.html

Blooming Glen Farm recipes (thanks Stormy!)
http://www.bloomingglenfarm.com/recipe_search.php

Commercial vegetable growing guides from the University of Kentucky
http://www.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/id/id36/id36.htm

Harvesting vegetables from About.com
http://gardening.about.com/od/vegetablepatch/a/HarvestTimes_...

Skippy's vegetable info
http://bioarray.us/Skippy's planting info.html

Skippy's fall planting calendar
http://bioarray.us/Skippy's fall planting calendar.html

Winter vegetable gardening (zone 8, Washington state)
http://westsidegardener.com/quick/winter_veggies.html

Municipal Law Database (good for looking up the zoning laws in your city/town)
http://www.municode.com/library/library.aspx

National Center for Home Food Preservation
http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/

Seeds of Change - heirloom seeds and great info
http://www.seedsofchange.com/

Seeds of Change companion planting guide (thanks again, Stormy!)
http://www.seedsofchange.com/enewsletter/issue_55/companion_...

Mother Earth News - always great articles
http://www.motherearthnews.com/

Mother Earth News - 40 tips to maximize your harvest
http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/gardening-t...

What are your favorite websites for planting, harvesting, preserving, and cooking your garden's bounty? Don't be shy, and it's OK to post things here that you've also posted in another forum; I want this to eventually be a one-stop shop for resources, especially for new members.
AlohaHoya
Sep 4, 2011 11:16 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Does anyone have any experience growing in salt air. A friend is going to stary a farm right on the coast, so the salt air is a bummer!!! TIA
Leap. The net will appear.
Imagebitbit
Sep 5, 2011 5:37 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
There is some salt influence here, but not nearly as much as on the coast of Hawaii, I'm sure. I'm about 15 miles from oceanfront, but right on a brackish creek. I have a neighbor whose yard floods from storms about annually, and she's still able to grow tomatoes and squashes (doesn't try to grow other veggies). I don't know what the salt content of her soil is, which I think would be more important than the air in deciding what can grow.

What's growing on your friend's land now? Around here, there's a delineation of salty soils by only being able to grow salt-tolerant grasses (mostly Spartina species or Phragmites) and not the standard landscaping grasses. Not sure if that holds true in Hawaii or not.

Historically, animals were grazed on the salt marshes here, so your friend may be able to raise goats or cattle even if veggies won't grow.
Imagebitbit
Apr 12, 2012 7:21 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Another great resource: http://www.weather.com/outdoors/agriculture/growing-degree-d...

A calculator for growing degree days. I don't know about anyone else, but that phrase always just made my eyes glaze over, because I couldn't figure out how to calculate them myself. But now I don't need to!

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